Black girl in a white suburb

Black girl in a white suburb
You can listen to the audio version here. You can read the end of chapter 2  here Black girl in a white suburb chapter two The one about the Caterpillar If it weren’t for theatre the part of myself that I shrunk might have shrunk other parts by proxy. I loved theatre and theatre loved... Read more »

Celebrating good neighbors in dark times

Although this weekend’s news about the children being separated from their parents and held at the border haunted me I was fortunate to spend time with my neighbors Lesley, Jay and their son. Lesley and her husband Jay have an ability to connect with people that inspires me. They know everyone in the neighborhood and... Read more »

"Inaction is action": Here's what you can do to help children and parents separated at the border

"Inaction is action": Here's what you can do to help children and parents separated at the border
All weekend long I heard the distant screams of children. The screams hailed from Texas where kids and parents are being separated. I can’t shake the screams. This is America. This is happening in America. This is how we treat children. In America. This weekend I enjoyed my children, appreciated my husband, engaged with my neighbors. I... Read more »
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Black girl in a white suburb

You can listen to an extended audio version here Chapter one 2/2 Chapter one (3/3) The one about living vicariously Because I obsessed over White boys in my formative years and White boys didn’t obsess over me I thought I was unobsessable. Unwantable. Okay those aren’t words. I didn’t think anybody wanted me or would... Read more »

Boys to men-10 year old boy arrested is linked to men arrested at Starbucks

Boys to men-10 year old boy arrested is linked to men arrested at Starbucks
I can’t watch the video of the 10 year old black boy handcuffed by Chicago police who urinated himself out of fear. He was apprehended in a case of mistaken identity. I can’t watch because I’m afraid it will shatter my heart and I need my heart for my work in equity and inclusion. Work that requires me... Read more »

To Mr. D my daughter's 5th grade teacher, thank you

To Mr. D my daughter's 5th grade teacher, thank you
Thank you. Thank you for finding reasons to celebrate. Thank you for silent ball. Thank you for finding reasons for snacks. Thank you for creative assignments. Thank you for answering my daughter’s emails right away. Thank you for praising her. Thank you for challenging her. Thank you for guiding her. Thank you for making her laugh. Thank... Read more »
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Black girl in a white suburb

Black girl in a white suburb
You can listen to the audio version here Chapter one (1/1)  Chapter one (2/2) The one about living vicariously He was tall and blonde with blue eyes. He was captain of the varsity basketball even though he was a sophomore. He was JFK to his older brother’s Robert F. Kennedy. Yeah, yeah, yeah JFK ws older... Read more »

Action items to help children separated from parents at border

Action items to help children separated from parents at border
I am disgusted and horrified by the news that parents and children are being separated at the border under the Trump administration. The image of Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice when her child is ripped away from her and the famous painting The Scream (gallery at end of post) keep popping in my head as I... Read more »

5 simple things that make you feel better

I’ve put together a list of 5 simple things I can do every day that make me feel better, like I’m doing more than answering emails and checking things off my to-do list. These things are low maintenance and I’ve attached no rules around them. I have to remind myself what brings me joy and makes me... Read more »
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Black girl in a white suburb

Black girl in a white suburb
This is an ongoing series called Black girl in a white suburb. You can read the prologue here. You can listen to the audio version of chapter one here. chapter one (1/1) The one about living vicariously Here’s how I know I grew up in Whiteness: all the characters I wrote about were White. It... Read more »